Hemp is a plant derived from the Cannabis Sativa plant family. Although it physically looks just like other plants belonging to the same family, it does not have any psychedelic properties like its “sister plant” marijuana. This is because it lacks the THC, or the part of marijuana that gives one a “high” when absorbed through smoking or ingesting.
Hemp is one of the fastest-growing plants, and is one of the first that is used by man to produce fiber for textiles and paper over 10,000 years ago. It’s been cultivated for its many uses, with the oil of the hemp seed, for example, having many health benefits.
Hemp seed oil has an abundance of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids that the body needs for healthy nerve and brain function. The body does not produce these fatty acids, thus one needs to ingest or apply these minerals for optimal bodily function. Omega 3 and 6 build ALA and DHA, which are common supplements taken orally for their health benefits. These fatty acids can also be found in foods such as salmon, grape-seed oil, and pumpkin and sunflower seeds to name a few.
When hemp seed oil is applied topically it can have many beneficial qualities. It helps protect the outer layer of your skin, your natural skin barrier, which is used as a defense system to outside factors, such as pollutants and germs. A common skin condition on Guam, psoriasis, is caused by a lack of Omega 6 fatty acids, so the application of hemp seed oil can decrease redness and inflammation, alleviating severely dry, scaly, itchy skin.
Hemp seed oil is the only edible seed containing gamma-linoleic acid or GLA, which, when ingested orally, helps to regulate hormonal levels reducing hormone-related acne breakouts. Not only is it rich in Omega fatty acids, it also contains anti-oxidizing vitamins A, E, and D and vital minerals magnesium, potassium, calcium, and zinc, which together, are powerful anti-aging ingredients especially beneficial to one’s skin.
Fortunately, the use of hemp seed oil is on the rise, and it can be found in many food and beauty products such as shampoos, soaps, conditioners, moisturizers, and facial washes. I would check your local natural health stores first, but through research, I have found retailers such as The Body Shop and Lush Hand Made Cosmetics retailing hemp oil products, also online such as Amazon.
I hope this article has answered some of your hemp-related questions, and encourages you to try something new, natural, and plant derived!
Here is a list of local health food stores that carry hemp seed oil:
Healthy Hearts in Dededo
Simply Foods in Tamuning
Nuts & Grains in Tamuning
Fortunately, the use of hemp seed oil is on the rise, and it can be found in many food and beauty products such as shampoos, soaps, conditioners, moisturizers, and facial washes.